Fender Rumble 15 (V3) Review – Ready to Rumble

Classical amplifiers are suitable in any situation. So, if you are struggle with finding an amplifier for your purposes, pay attention to Fender`s production. The company has always been making equipment of the highest quality.

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1Fender Rumble 15 v3 Bass Combo Amplifier 15w8 inch2

2Fender Rumble 40 v3 Bass Combo Amplifier 40w10 inch1
3Peavey Max 158 Bass Combo Amplifier 20w8 inch3

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Fender Rumble 15 v3 Bass Combo Amplifier
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Power15w
Speaker8 inch
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Fender Rumble 40 v3 Bass Combo Amplifier
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Power40w
Speaker10 inch
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Peavey Max 158 Bass Combo Amplifier
Rating
Power20w
Speaker8 inch
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Fender Company

Everything started in 1946 in Fender`s basement. After several years of developing, sound engineer presented to the World his famous Precision Bass guitar. The whole musical World turned upside down after it.

Fender started inventing new devices, which were met warmly as well. Professional engineers and small companies were joining Fender, so the number and variety of produced equipment was growing. The quality was getting better as well.

Although amplifiers by Fender are not exactly what the company is famous for, I still recommend paying attention to them. As any other piece of Fender`s production, they have high quality. Moreover, models are available in different price categories.


Technical Characteristics

Before learning subtle details of the construction and features of the amplifier, you should know three very basic things: what the weight, the dimensions and the material the item is made of are.

This advice is suitable whenever you purchase new device.

The WeightFender Rumble 15 (V3) weighs 16 pounds (which is a little less than 7.5 kilograms). Not the weight you are used to carrying around everyday, but this one is a studio amplifier, which is not expected to be carried. However, in case you need to move it, the portability is pretty high.
The DimensionsThe amplifier is 8’’ * 15’’ * 15’’ inches (which is 178 * 381 * 381 in millimeters). The only idea I came up with when thinking of similar-sized things is an average cardboard box (like the one in cartoons).
The Material (and design)The body of amplifier is all plywood, except the front panel, which is painted metal (the grille is removeable). It provides decent protection for a speaker.

Amplifier is durable enough for transportation and “living” in home studio conditions, but water contact and strong heat are likely to damage the insides, so better do not risk

Now, that you know, how it looks like and how it feels, let us talk about the technical features of Fender`s amplifier. Here are the most important of them:

8’’ Speaker with Classical Fender Design

8’’ Speaker is exactly what you need for studio trainings. It is powerful enough for providing loud volume. Special Fender design decision also allows the sound to be clean and clear.

Three band EQ

Equalizing the sound helps a lot while learning new material and perfecting the one, that you already know. Three band EQ will help new players a lot.

1/8 AUX input and ¼ headphone output

These two guys are the best friends of any musician. The first one is used for connecting MP3 players (which makes it possible to play along to any of your preferred melodies), while the second isolates the sound (which is the best practice for analyzing your own mistakes).


Sound Test

If I were to sum the results up in four words, I would say, that Fender Rumble 15 (V3) is a bang-for-a-buck. While being not the most powerful amplifier, I`ve ever met, it still provides perfect sound for its` price.


Pros
Decent sound quality. An 8’’ classical speaker by Fender deserves an 8 out of 10 mark for its` performance. The sound is loud and clean. But, although nothing was missing, nothing was way too good. Just a balanced one.
Great adjustability.It is possible to adjust a lot of sound parameters with this amplifier. So, if you are buying a device, that you plan to be using for more than a year, this one could be a great pick.
Cons
Power Level. 15 watts is enough for studio recording and, maybe, a performance in front of several friends, but if you are looking for bigger audience, this one will not be enough.
 

Summing everything said above up, I would say:

That Fender Rumble 15 (V3) is a great amplifier for a guitarist, who spends a lot of time practicing. The sound it makes is nice, has no distortion. Adjustability is decent enough.

However, if you are looking for more powerful devices in the same price range, there are several options, that will be more suitable for you. Let me explain what I am talking about.

More Powerful Amplifiers

OK, so here is a couple of devices, I`ve been talking about before:

Fender Rumble 40

While still being compact, this Fender`s product has 40 Watt of power for a single 10’’ speaker. Although it costs a bit more, it remains affordable. Not a stage level yet, but is good enough for an audience of 20-30 people.

  • Expore bass tones from classic gritty growl to slap-worthy modern punch with the newly-developed overdrive circuit and switchable contour controls
  • A beefy 40 watt class D power amp and ported speaker enclosure pumps volume and deep bass response but keeps this amp very light in weight – only 18 pounds!
  • Practice privately with the 1/8″ headphone output jack that also mutes the speaker output.
  • Jam along with your favorite tracks by simply plugging your MP3 player into the 1/8″ Auxiliary input jack and instantly become part of the band.

Pros
Is perfect for practice, small gigs and as a monitor in big gigs
Light weight with a nice carry bag with it
Clear, rich and bright sound
A lot of options for your sound
Cons
Insufficient volume for the stage

Peavey Max 158

This one has 20 watts of power (against 15 in Rumble 15 (V3)). This improvement is not that noticeable in studio condition, but when you, all of sudden decide to make a performance, you realize, that much more people can hear you. Though, the level of distortion will be higher.

Tip:There is much more decent amplifiers on the market. So just check the feedback lines and pick the one that satisfies your requirements the best.
  • 20 watts (rms) into 4 ohms
  • Low, Mid, and High EQ controls
  • Volume control with Transtube distortion boost
  • Psycho-acoustic low end enhancement
  • 8 inch speaker


Pros
Easy to use
Psyco-acoustic low end enhancement
compact size
Cons
High level of distortion
Insufficient volume for the stage

Summing Things Up

Here is a shortcut of the most important information from this review:

  • Fender is an old company, that produces amplifiers of high quality. The range of prices and models is high, so you`ll definitely be able find one, that is suitable in your situation.
  • Fender Rumble 15 (V3) is an amplifier, that is compact and durable. It provides sound, that is loud enough for studio training and has a lot of adjustability options.
  • There are more powerful amplifiers in this price range, in case you are looking for public performances.

There is not much to add here. I would only like to remind, that the playing process itself means much more, than the equipment you have. So grab the amplifier you can afford, and start devoting more time to practicing than to thinking about the equipment. Good luck!

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  1. Lisbeth
    Today I would like to tell you about how I was looking for an amplifier for guitar. One of the first I tried the rumble amplifier with only one clean channel, input sensitivity level control (the panel under the handle says “volume”, although it was more correct to call “gain”), built-in Delta Comp compressor, three-band non-parametric equalizer, AUX-input, headphone output. The fender Special Design speaker is only 8 inches. Delta Comp, although it does not have any control, works correctly and is more like a limiter that protects the preamp from overload. The equalizer is quite adequate: “top”, “middle” and “bottom” adjust the expected frequency. Plywood case with vinyl finish and metal corners is made very carefully and efficiently. The sound is quite good, but not what I was looking for. It is likely that this device is very bad it will sound with instruments like Jazz Bass or Precision Bass. But with humbucker pickups the sound is a bit muddy, I could not bring the equalizer to the necessary frequencies to get a more natural sound of my bass guitar (Yamaha RBX-6JM). The volume is quite large, however, to expect that this amp will be shouting the drums is not necessary. That's not what this is for. Fender Rumble 15 is perfect for use at home and especially for beginners bass guitarists-intuitive system of sound settings amplifier, compact size and pretty good sound — the most necessary personal training at an affordable and pleasant price.

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